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Talkback: Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 12:19

I tried Nicotiana Silvestris this year in a clients garden. I loved them but the client thought they looked like triffids and wants rid of them. I will have to keep an eye out for it self seeding. They are easy to spot. 

They did nothing for a long time and then suddenly had a spurt with a late flowering finish. Thought they were great, shame they have to go.

Wasps

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 12:02

From about June the queen just lays more eggs and then In the autumn, the eggs develop into males (drones) and fertile females. These leave the nest and mate. The fertilised females (the new queens) then hibernate until the next spring while the founder queen, the males and all the workers die and the original nest becomes deserted.

I think various factors can restrict population numbers.last year the warm spring was followed by a cold snap and was disastrous when the queens come out of hibernation too quickly. It was a wet summer the year before and it had a impact on the insects and then this affected the wasp numbers.

Unlike bees wasps are carnivorous. They hunt for other insects and if they didn’t exist, gardeners would have far more aphids and greenfly to deal with.

nature has a way of evening things out and  they’ve been around for a lot longer than we have. 

Edit: Matthew Oates, wildlife specialist at the National Trust says.

"They took a major hit in 2012 with that awful summer, then last year we had the coldest March on record and by the time things picked up for them in June or so it was just too late for them to recover."


Wasps

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 11:42
Edd wrote (see)

No need for telescopes Pottie Pam.

Retroreflector were planted on the Moon during the Apollo program. The (independent) Massachusetts Institute of Technology tested the lunar laser ranging equipment back in 1962. You can test it yourself if you have the right equipment.

Not sure this is related to wasps though.

Sorry typo. That should read 1972.

Wasps

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 11:15

No need for telescopes Pottie Pam.

Retroreflector were planted on the Moon during the Apollo program. The (independent) Massachusetts Institute of Technology tested the lunar laser ranging equipment back in 1962. You can test it yourself if you have the right equipment.

Not sure this is related to wasps though.

What do you have left to do in the garden this year?

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 09:46

I have see the above arch (Tom Chambers Garden Arch (Medieval)) priced at £69.99 inc delivery. There are very similar arches with out the vertical bars from around £32. That's  quite a saving.

Tree ID

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 08:56

Well done Woodgreen wonderboy. That is spot on.

Gracie5. It is the same tree its just a close up of your pic.

Foxglove

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 17:52

Exactly like comfrey

Tree ID

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 17:35

It definitely has fruit. So i would go with crab apple.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/63998.jpg?width=342&height=317&mode=max

 

Tree ID

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 17:06

Difficult to tell from that pic.

Could be lime or more likely to be cherry or crab apple.  

A close up of the leaf and any fruit would help.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 16:02

Go on spoil your self Dove, put some cream in them potatoes.

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